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Mobile Innovations @ Discovery Ontario Centres of Excellent – 2013

May 26, 2013 Comments off

Good evening everyone,

Tomorrow begins and event Mobile Innovations @ Discovery Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) which takes place May 27-28, 2013 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, ON.

Of note, as one of the exhibitors is QNX  … which have tweeted something very interesting.

OCEInnovation We’re putting more muscle in this car. @QNX_Auto brings its connected corvette to#ocediscovery. Come see it!

QNX is to present more muscle into a connected Corvette. Will this be the brand-new C7 Stingray which already uses Chevrolet’s MyLink Infotainment system (featuring Bluetooth and USB connectivity), on steroids using QNX? Considering that is already use OnStar’s services (Advanced Automatic Collision Notification, roadside assistance, vehicle diagnostics information, live advisors, and turn-by-turn navigation), QNX is already part of many of GM’s car systems. The C7 Corvette Stingray has already gone through a complete interior overhaul that was desperately needed some 10 yrs long overdue, yet I cannot wait to see what QNX Auto team has in store for us tomorrow.


UPDATE: Unfortunately this is not the C7 Corvette as GM was very restrictive of this machine. Sorry everyone 😦


BlackBerry Enables Secure Enterprise Instant Messaging on BlackBerry 10

May 14, 2013 4 comments

BlackBerry Enables Secure Enterprise Instant Messaging on BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 supports secure instant messaging and collaboration with Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office Communications Server and IBM Lotus Sametime.

Waterloo, ON– BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today unveiled BlackBerry® Enterprise Instant Messaging (Enterprise IM) 3.0, a free update of the company’s enterprise instant messaging solution, enabling customers with BlackBerry® 10 smartphones to securely communicate a través de Microsoft® Lync ®, Microsoft® Office Communication Server o IBM® Lotus® Sametime®.

BlackBerry Enterprise IM3.0 works with BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, BlackBerry’s multi-platform enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, and BlackBerry 10 smartphones to protect Microsoft Lync, Microsoft Office Communication Server or IBM Lotus Sametime communications by encrypting data from end-to-end . It optimizes communications and collaboration allowing enterprise customers to be more productivewhile mobile. The client app supports presence, real-time one-to-one and multi-party instant messaging, the ability for a user to update their profile and change their status, as well as to instantly switch from a text chat to a voice call. Messages are integrated within the BlackBerry® Hub for convenience, and the solution supports the separation of enterprise IMs from personal apps and content with BlackBerry® Balance™.

“To be competitive in today’s fast-paced marketplace, you need to enable your workers with tools that let themcollaborate in real time,” said Frank Cotter, Vice President, Mobile Computing at BlackBerry. “BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 mobilizes enterprise IM communications in a secure, manageable way through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1, while making it easy and convenient for end users to collaborate while on the go.”

“Mobility and real-time demands have dramatically changed how workers communicate and have pushed the adoption of a variety and often disparate collaboration mechanisms,” said Kevin Burden, Director, Mobility, Strategy Analytics. “Today’s mobile worker requires a flexible solution that gives them access to various systemsallowing them to be more timely and responsive to sus co-workers, which is the principal of BlackBerry Enterprise IM.”

BlackBerry Enterprise IM 3.0 ya está disponible at no charge for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 version 10.1 and BlackBerry 10 smartphones and can be downloaded here.

BlackBerry Live – Evolution of Mobile and M2M Computing

May 14, 2013 2 comments


That’s right baby … BlackBerry’s real end game will be announced, and start. N4BB did a great interiew with Thorstein Heins and specifically about BlackBerry and Petronas Mercedes F1 Team partnership. Currently, at the time of the interview, BlackBerry technology was used as communications for pit crew, management team, and engineering team.

AMG Mercedes Petronas - In the PIT

Thorstein is adding to the value proposition for BlackBerry, its not just a hardware company and never was, BlackBerry is a solutions company. Mercedes already uses QNX, and now is exploring getting AMG Mercedes Petronas team to get Telemetry, Managing the race car, and getting data from the car – the Formula 1 car. I believe no other company can get this done, and done RIGHT! This is M2M or Machine-to-Machine solutions going forward for BlackBerry.

There is a breakout session during Day 1 of BlackBerry Live 2013 in Orlando …

BAB04 – Evolution of Mobile and M2M Computing


Linda Campbell, Director Strategic Alliances , BlackBerry

In its simplest definition, mobile computing can be seen as the use of a mobile phone and its evolution from communications device to computing platform, marrying our personal and professional lives into a common experience. Now there is another major shift happening as more than just our phones get connected to the network.

The machine, as we know it, is experiencing a renaissance brought on by connectivity. Soon everything will be connected: machines, mobiles, data and people. Connected machines have the potential to become open platforms that both create and consume data.

As an industry, how are we going to encourage the innovation that is possible and what hurdles will we have to overcome to get there? What role will BlackBerry® play in defining the future of mobile and M2M computing?

Specific attention to Linda Campbell’s Bio:

As director of strategic alliances for QNX Software Systems, Linda Campbell has built a technology ecosystem that encompasses hundreds of hardware, software, and service vendors worldwide.

In her role of managing the alliance practice at QNX, Ms Campbell is a key contributor to the company’s business strategy. Over the years, she has been prime on developing relationships with Adobe, Alcatel-Lucent, Apple, Audi, Freescale, Gracenote, Google, IBM, Intel, NVIDIA, Texas Instruments, and many other industry players. She has also spearheaded QNX participation in industry initiatives such as the Connected Vehicle Trade Association, Eclipse, and ng Connect.

Most recently, Ms Campbell has been involved in developing the M2M alliance strategy for QNX Software Systems and BlackBerry.

Ms. Campbell holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce from the University of Ottawa.

Psst: Linda … you should also be heading the “Women in Tech: Redefining Ambition Daily” & I believe you’d be interested in Themed BlackBerry Devices as well.



N4BB Interview with Thorstein Heins


BlackBerry Live – The BlackBerry 10 Opportunity – An Industry Perspective

May 14, 2013 2 comments

Some more breakout sessions during BlackBerry Live tomorrow … some of this non attendees will not be aware of.

The BlackBerry 10 Opportunity – An Industry Perspective


Kristian Tear, Chief Operating Officer , BlackBerry

Charaka Kithulegoda, CIO , ING DIRECT Canada

Join Charaka Kithulegoda, CIO for ING Direct and Kristian Tear, Chief Operating Officer for BlackBerry® as they discuss how ING Direct is leveraging the power of BlackBerry® 10 to keep their business moving.  From implementation of BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 to manage their current deployment, to planning the deployment of BlackBerry 10 smartphones to their employees, to creating a BlackBerry 10 application for their customers, ING Direct is leading the way with BlackBerry 10.

BlackBerry Live – Women In Tech

May 14, 2013 1 comment

Another session available will be hosted by none other than Alicia Keys.

Women in tech: redefining ambition daily.
2:15PM EST May 14th, 2013.



BlackBerry Live 2013 – BBM Surprise

May 14, 2013 Comments off

Apparently a surprise is due for BBM on BB10 going to be announced tomorrow; that’s the rumor.

We shall see – 8hrs and counting and I cannot sleep!!


Of particular insight is the Breakout Session at BlackBerry Live tomorrow, could this mean that Enterprise will finally have BBM in the Work secured space of BB10?!!

JAM14 – BBM and Social Integration for Enterprise Apps


Nick KalkounisSenior Product Manager, IM & BBM Social , BlackBerry

Maurice WhiteSr. Enterprise Developer , BlackBerry


This session will discuss how enterprise apps can use BBM™ to improve the communications of corporate end users. You’ll also learn how to implement BBM within an enterprise app to provide collaboration and instant communication. We will review BBM core APIs, and sample code and show you how to setup the BBM simulator for development and testing.


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